A 24-year-old Portage woman is accused of providing the heroin that led to a nonfatal drug overdose.
Nina Iris Downey faces up to 12 years and six months in prison for felony distribution of heroin in an amount of 3 grams or less and up to 10 years in prison for felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
According to the criminal complaint, Portage Police responded to a report of a possible drug overdose Feb. 3 at a residence in the city of Portage, where they found a woman lying unconscious on the bathroom floor. In the bathroom, police observed signs of heroin use including a used hypodermic needle and tablespoon containing suspected heroin. The woman regained consciousness after police administered a fourth dose of Narcan.
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The woman reportedly told an emergency worker that Downey had given her the drugs. According to the criminal complaint, the woman and Downey were hanging out together Feb. 3 when they decided to get some heroin. The woman told police she asked their friend to drive them to Madison where Downey met with a heroin supplier.
They initially used a small amount of heroin but did not feel anything, the complaint states. Then Downey said, “Let’s just do the rest of it” and cooked the remaining heroin and drew a syringe full for the woman. Downey told the woman to use only half of the heroin in the syringe at a time.
The woman brought the heroin to another residence, where she used the entire syringe full of heroin.
Downey is free on $200 cash bond and has a pretrial conference set for Feb. 26 in Columbia County Circuit Court.
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